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Safdarjung advertises for personnel on contract

Bindu Shajan Perappadan

“Direct recruitment of group C, D staff not allowed”


“This is not the first time that a Government hospital is recruiting through a private agency”

“People hired on contract do not get benefits; danger of the contract not being renewed”


NEW DELHI: The Safdarjung Hospital here has advertised for recruitment of 70 nursing attendants through a private agency to help it tide over the shortfall of group C and D staff.

“This is not the first time that a Government hospital is recruiting through a private agency. As per the Sixth Pay Commission, the Government does not allowed any direct recruitment of group C and D staff, which means we can only take these personnel on contract,” said Hospital Medical Superintendent N. K. Mohanty.

The hospital, which has a footfall of several hundred patients a day in its out-patient department, has been regularly upgrading its facilities from diagnostic and therapeutic angles in all the specialties. It now has increased its bed strength to over 1,500 beds.

Now following the change in the recruitment order by the Union Government, the hospital, along with other Government hospitals, is taking personnel through private agencies to help sustain its security, cleanliness and other maintenances requirements.

“Following the order in 2007, we have been making up for the shortfall by hiring people on contract. Annually, we have about 10-12 people retiring from among the group C and D staff. In an effort to replace them this year too, we have called for people from a private hiring agency. We also follow the Labour Ministry's rule in terms of providing payment other benefits. Contract employees are taken on a year-long contract, which is reviewed and renewed annually,” said Dr. Mohanty.

Meanwhile, the Association of the group C and D staff in Government hospitals in Delhi have said they are against the contract system. “People hired on contract are taken in without any benefits and there is always the danger of the contract not being renewed or even terminated. The salary and benefits given to permanent employees is substantial compared to those taken on contract. Employees taken on contract do not even get the health and leave benefits that are given to permanent employees. We have been against the drive to recruit people on contract but the Central Government has gone ahead and made contract employment a necessity for hospitals in the Capital despite strong protest by group C and D staff,” said a member of the Association.

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